PAST EVENTS

November 20-22, 2015

3rd ANNUAL VETERAN ARTS SHOWCASE


November 21-23, 2014

2nd ANNUAL VETERAN ARTS SHOWCASE


September 28, 2014

2014 HUDSON VALLEY Out of the Darkness Community Walks


August 16-17, 2014

NINHAM POW WOW to HONOR OUR VETERANS

Native Foods, Native American Dancing, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Story Telling, Children's Programs, Birds of Prey, Teepees.


August 15-16, 2014 or September 16-17, 2014

FROM WARRIOR TO SOULMATE: Couples Enrichment Retreat


June 27, 2014

Sullivan County STAND DOWN FOR HOMELESS VETS

Veteran-related services available for homeless vets.


June 13, 2014

STAND UP for WOMEN VETERANS


May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Eve Illumination of the Hudson


May 3, 2014

Reuniting, Reconnecting and Rebuilding for Service Members, Military Families and Veterans

The Reconnection Workshops provide small-group post-deployment support and skill building for military families.


May 2, 2014

Healing The Military and Veteran Community Through Advancing Traditional and Innovative Mental Health Treatment

Keynote Speaker: Cathleen Lewandowski Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Social Work at George Mason University Former Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service, US Army


April 27, 2014

Loyalty Day Jamboree

Event sponsored by Putnam county council Veterans of Foreign wars


April 26, 2014

1st Annual PTSD / TBI Awareness Day

Sponsored by USMVMC NY4

Motorcycle & Car Show - Community Day


April 19, 2014

Row of Honor Kick-Off Pancake Breakfast

Proceeds to Benefit Veterans' Honor Flight


April 12, 2014

Annual Women Veterans Luncheon

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern, NY 10901

All proceeds to: Women Veterans Assoc. of Hudson Valley, Inc.


November 22-24, 2013

Veteran Arts Showcase


November 16-23, 2013

8-Day State-Of-The-Art PTSD Treatment For Military Members and Recent Veterans


Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Annual Jeanne E. Jonas Professional Development Symposium and Frank W. Masterson Memorial Banquet

At Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown, New York

Sponsored by: Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc., Orange Regional Medical Center, and the Orange County Department of Mental Health


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Conference: Mind-Body Approaches to PTSD

Designed for curious mental health professionals and other health care professionals (Primary Care MDs, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, etc.), this conference brings together the latest in emerging mind -body technologies to treat PTSD.

WHERE: Auditorium of the HealthAlliance Hospital, Mary’s Ave. Campus, 105 Mary's Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Presenters and Topics


August 9, 2013

Protect and Connect: A Veteran-Civilian Dialogue

Location: Women’s Fest Putnam County
Veterans Memorial Park
201 Gypsy Trail Rd., Carmel, NY 10512

Protecting and Connecting

What happens when we make choices to protect the people and things we love? Can it lead to disconnection? How do we re-connect? Explore the connections between the choices of veterans and civilians and the consequences of war at this dynamic Woman Fest Veteran-Civilian Dialogue event.

The Veteran-Civilian Dialogues are changing the lives of those who participate. Join us in learning how to better understand each other. Bring an open heart and mind, and leave transformed.

Veteran – Civilian Dialogue Developed in 2008, the Veteran – Civilian Dialogue™ (VCD) is a powerful form of community building and social healing focused on addressing the cost of conflict in our society, and providing meaningful tools for reconciliation and healing. VCD is a live event with veterans and civilians in facilitated conversations around the impact of war upon both groups. They have proven to be life-altering for those who attend, and healing for the larger elements of the communities that are brought together through the process.

Intersections works with people and communities in conflict to promote peace, justice and reconciliation. We create experiences that allow diverse people to share in unexpected moments that shift perceptions. In addition to our Veteran-Civilian Dialogues, we work in areas of LGBT justice (Believe Out Loud), global peacemaking (GP), and conflict resolution through the arts (TE’A).

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August 8-9, 2013

Celebrate Women with H. G. Fairfield Arts’ Region-Wide Woman Fest

On May 31st, the Veteran Family Support Alliance & Intersections held an all women Veteran-Civilian Dialogue, with the aim of “social healing focused on addressing the cost of conflict in our society, and providing meaningful tools for reconciliation and healing.” One of the 31 attendees was Kim Blacklock, President of the Putnam County based non-profit, H. G. Fairfield Arts Center for the Environment. By the end of the seminal Dialogue, one thing had become abundantly clear to the attendees: women need an inclusive forum to celebrate the strengths and accomplishments of women from all walks of life.

In response to this revelation, H. G. Fairfield Arts has developed Woman Fest: Celebrating Women. H. G. Fairfield Arts Founder Kathie Freston – one of the oldest female U.S. military veterans, a Marine Captain from the Korean War – knows firsthand what an invaluable role women play from local to global communities. For instance, 15.1% of households in New York State are run by single mothers. Over 30% of firms in NYS are women-owned. The NYS Department of Labor’s growth patterns show that over the next 20 years the most favorable advancements happen in arts, culture, healthcare, and self-made careers – the economic impact of the arts alone in 2006 was $27.5 billion. H. G. Fairfield Arts’ goal – in line with their mission “to promote the creation, practice and performance of arts, culture, and recreation” – is to provide the space for women and girls to showcase their strengths and contributions in our societies and in our local, state, and national economies.

Woman Fest, a two-day festival, being held August 8th and 9th, is open to everyone, and will feature an Open Mic stage, Women of Color Tent, Women & Spirituality Tent, Women & Military Service Tent, Artist’s Tent, Child Care Tent, Drumming Tent, woman-led vendors and workshops, space for horses, and more. Above all, the festival has been designed as a nurturing space for women to present who they are and what they’re doing.

“Celebrating great women is nothing new to Putnam County; we’re reminded of that each time we pass the Sybil Ludington statue in Carmel,” Blacklock points out. The tradition of women gathering continues today in many cultures and countries. Our own history includes, for instance, the popular women festivals of the 1980 as well as the monumental Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. H. G. Fairfield Arts invites everyone to come celebrate mothers, women, children, and our future together.

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August 8, 2013

Sister Spirit: An All Women Veteran-Civilian Dialogue

Location: Women’s Fest Putnam County
Veterans Memorial Park
201 Gypsy Trail Rd., Carmel, NY 10512

Sister Spirit

What happens when Women Veterans return from military service and re-enter their lives back home? How do they re-adapt to civilian life? How do Civilian Women grapple with how to support and welcome them home?

Veteran – Civilian Dialogue Developed in 2008, the Veteran – Civilian Dialogue™ (VCD) is a powerful form of community building and social healing focused on addressing the cost of conflict in our society, and providing meaningful tools for reconciliation and healing. VCD is a live event with veterans and civilians in facilitated conversations around the impact of war upon both groups. They have proven to be life-altering for those who attend, and healing for the larger elements of the communities that are brought together through the process.

Intersections works with people and communities in conflict to promote peace, justice and reconciliation. We create experiences that allow diverse people to share in unexpected moments that shift perceptions. In addition to our Veteran-Civilian Dialogues, we work in areas of LGBT justice (Believe Out Loud), global peacemaking (GP), and conflict resolution through the arts (TE’A).

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July 18-21, 2013

Soldier’s Heart* Women Troops and Veterans Retreat

Led by Kate Dahlstedt LMHC with Shelley Corteville U.S. Army SP 4, Retired

A FREE OFFERING!

*Soldier's Heart Provides veterans, family members, helping professionals and caring community members an opportunity to learn and practice successful veteran homecoming and reintegration.

For any woman who has served or is serving in the military and would like a safe, supportive space to speak her truth about her military experience and reintegration and gain sensitive, heartfelt guidance and personal growth.

DONATIONS: Gratefully accepted to keep the work on-going.

PLACE: Hartford, CT - St. Thomas Seminary


June 7, 2013

STAND UP FOR WOMEN VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES

  • Legal Services
  • Free Health Screening & Exhibits
  • Benefits Advisement
  • Speakers
  • Informational & Training Workshops
  • Job Fair plus Employment Kit for Virtual Job Fairs
  • Dress for Success
  • Spiritual Wellness
  • Free Gift Cards Spa Services
  • Child Care (registrations required)
  • Transportation Provided

SPONSORED BY: Family Services of Westchester • Westchester Community College • Women’s Research and Education Fund in collaboration with the United States Dept. of Labor Women’s Bureau

CO-SPONSORS:

  • Legal Services of Hudson Valley
  • Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc.
  • ECAD
  • Common Ground
  • Service Women’s Action Network
  • Business Council of Westchester
  • Veterans Administration
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • VETFAMSA
  • Hope for the Warriors
  • Junior League of Central Westchester
  • Westchester County Veterans Agency
  • Women’s Enterprise Development Center
  • YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester
  • Westchester/Putnam One-Stop Employment
  • Women Veterans Association of the Hudson Valley

May 31, 2013

Sister Sprit - An All Women Veteran Civilian Dialogue

What happens when Women Veterans return from military service and re-enter their lives back home? How do they re-adapt to civilian life? How do Civilian Women grapple with how to support and welcome them home?

The Veteran-Civilian DialogueTM (VCD) is a powerful form of community building and social healing focused on addressing the cost of conflict in our society, and providing meaningful tools for reconciliation and healing. VCDs are live events where veterans and civilians learn to connect in facilitated conversations around the impact of war upon both groups. They have proven to be life-altering for those who attend, and healing for the larger elements of the communities that are brought together through the process.

The VCD was created in 2008 by US Marines Combat Veteran, Larry Winters, and Scott Thompson, counselor and former Army chaplain, at Intersections International (IntersectionsInternational.org.) Intersections works with people and communities in conflict to promote peace, justice and reconciliation, creating experiences that allow diverse people to share in unexpected moments that shift perceptions.

The Veteran-Civilian Dialogues are changing the lives of those who participate. Join us in learning how to better understand each other. Bring an open heart and mind, and leave transformed.formed.


May 9, 2013

Reconnection Workshops - Reintegralion Support for Returning Military Members & Families

After a deployment, many service members realize that the return home can be just as challenging as their tour of duty. Reconnection Workshops focus on individual and small group discussions that enhance the likelihood of positive reconnections among family members and the successful re-engagement of the service member in civilian life.

The workshops assist those impacted by a military deployment and bridge all branches of the Armed Forces. We invite Reserve, National Guard, active duty service members, veterans, and their families to participate.

Sessions and materials for the May 9th workshop focus on learning useful skills, developing effective coping mechanisms, and where to find resources for Communicating Clearly and Working Through Anger

Other topics will be introduced in future workshops.  To learn more please visit www.fsw.org


April 4, 2013

War and Conflict Resolution: A Forum Discussion

When and why do we go to war?  Is there an alternative to protecting ourselves and to resolve conflict?

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Rock Tavern, NY

Discussion Moderator: Dr. Lorinda Arella, VETFAMSA Project Director

WHY: To look deeply at whether war is always wrong. Can war be justified? Will war always be part of human experience? Is non-violent resistance effective in the case of a Hitler? Terrorists? Is there a fair and sensible way to wage war, or is it all hopeless? What are our rights and responsibilities, when our society makes the move to go to war?

SPEAKERS:
Mark C. Johnson, PhD, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, is a writer, facilitator, and organizer for transformational social change. He was a conscientious objector in the Vietnam War doing alternative service in Lebanon between 1967 and 1974.

Dr. Lucian Mott, D.A. in World History, was born into a military family. He has been an integral part of the Mount Saint Mary College West Point program since 1997 where he has taught, recruited, and advised soldiers and their families. Currently, he is in academic administration at SUNY New Paltz.

Remembering April 4th, 1967 when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historic anti-war speech, "Beyond Vietnam," at Riverside Church, NYC and April 4th, 1968, his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Tavern, NY with assistance from the Cornwall Quaker Meeting.


March 22, 2013

Women of Valor Conference: One-Day Conference For and About Military Women, Past and Present.

WHERE: Mt. St. Mary College, Desmond Center, 6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh, NY 12550

OVERVIEW: This first-time event is a day-long conference to celebrate the many contributions of women in uniform, and to provide local service women and veterans with opportunities to reflect, learn, network with peers, and have fun, in a trauma-sensitive, women military-centered environment.

The Keynote Speaker, Senior Master Sergeant Haley Holcomb, is currently serving with New York’s Air National Guard, 105 th Security Forces, Stewart ANGB in Newburgh, NY. Sergeant Holcomb has deployed seven times, and has an impressive list of achievements and qualifications. Workshop topics will include Exploration into the Arts and Mind-Body Approaches to recovery and wellness, as well as practical information sessions: New Initiatives on behalf of women’s health at the VA; Pursuing or Continuing Higher Education; Resume Writing and Public Speaking; Dressing for Success; Resources for Women Veterans when encountering Legal or Housing Issues. Throughout the day, Counselors, a drop-in Artist’s Salon, and Therapy Dogs will be accessible to participants.

Most importantly, the military service experiences and contributions of attendees will be honored in a spirit of support and respect, and with an eye toward facilitating successful transitions to civilian life in all of its aspects. Attendance and meals are free of charge, and only open to women currently in the military or with past military service experience. Reservations are mandatory.

RATIONALE: Because of their relatively smaller numbers compared to male veterans, it is often difficult for service women to identify themselves as “veterans” or to find peers with whom to connect, post-service. Compared to prior eras, the current proportion of service women (19% of post 9-11 deployed) is substantially higher, yet the needs of women service members and veterans continue to go unmet.

83-91% of women who have served in the military post 9-11 have experienced significant trauma (physical or sexual) during their service, yet only 6% of those using VA services are women. With the recent passage of legislation to allow women to be trained as combat personnel, the needs of military service members and veterans are expected to increase. Currently, women service members are twice as likely to be unemployed and four times as likely to be homeless as compared to civilian women of similar ages. Young female service members are more than twice as likely to be neither in school nor working compared to civilians 18-24.

MORE ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Senior Master Sergeant Haley Holcomb is a member of the New York Air National Guard, 105 th Security Forces Squadron, out of Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB) in Newburgh, NY. Sergeant Holcomb has completed more than 22 years of service, 14 of them active duty. She deployed 7 times, including Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Oman (twice), Kuwait, Bahrain, and a temporary duty to Panama. She was stationed in Michigan, Washington, the Netherlands, and New Mexico.

Each deployment cycle also meant returning to raise a family and hold down progressively more responsible job positions in public and private sectors. Holcomb’s is truly a military family, including two siblings serving in the Air Force, and her own son a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps. Sergeant Holcomb’s experiences and achievements, in both civilian and military assignments, make her uniquely qualified to address, honor and support women service members and veterans at this event.

MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: The WOMEN OF VALOR CONFERENCE is the result of a unique collaboration between Mount Saint Mary College (MSM) and three local organizations working to support veterans and military families: Creative Warriors of the Orange County Arts Council, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and the Veteran Family Support Alliance (VETFAMSA.) Collaborating partners have devoted many hours to the design of the program and artwork, selection and recruitment of keynote and workshop presenters, and publicity and outreach to prospective attendees. Significant, ongoing committee assistance has also been provided by Air National Guard personnel based at Steward ANGB, Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega and Associates, MSMC-West Point, Safe Homes, and various member organizations of VETFAMSA. Representatives of all four collaborating organizations will be on hand throughout the day to provide information and to assist with referrals and network development between attending military women and local service providers.


March 10, 2013

The Veteran Civilian Dialogue

The Veteran Civilian Dialogue (VCD) is a project of Intersections International in New York City. The VCD grew out of a relationship between SCOTT THOMPSON, a mental health professional and minister, and LARRY WINTERS, an author and US Marine (Vietnam-era) combat veteran.

Through dozens of Dialogues, conducted in NYC and in more than a dozen other locations, Thompson and Winters have demonstrated that virtually everyone has been affected in some way by war, and that civilians and veterans each hold something important to the healing of the other.

VCD’s typically include 50-60 civilians and veterans, and provide a series of structured activities designed to deepen the conversation across the divide between those who have served in the military and those who have not.

In May 2011, VETFAMSA hosted the first VCD in the Hudson Valley. It was co-facilitated by Larry and Scott, and inspired three Hudson Valley residents to seek training as VCD co-facilitators: Everett Cox (US Army veteran), Mary Wagner (NYAir National Guard), and Dr. Lori Arella (psychologist).


March 3, 2013

Special screening of the Invisible War, the award winning documentary about military sexual trauma.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 -  2:00pm – 5:00pm

Warwick Valley Community Center - 11 Hamilton Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990

Ages 17 and older


November 17, 2012

Special screening of the Invisible War, the award winning documentary about military sexual trauma.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 -  2:00pm – 5:00pm

Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY. Hudson Hall. Panel discussion follows the screening

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November 12, 2012

Veteran-Civilian Dialogue - Intersections International 274 Fifth Avenue, NYC btwn 29th and 30th

Veteran – Civilian Dialogue Developed in 2008, the Veteran – Civilian Dialogue™ (VCD) is a powerful form of community building and social healing focused on addressing the cost of conflict in our society, and providing meaningful tools for reconciliation and healing. VCD is a live event with equal numbers of veterans and civilians in facilitated conversations around the impact of war upon both groups. They have proven to be life-altering for those who attend, and healing for the larger elements of the communities that are brought together through the process.

Download the Flyer


November 11, 2012

VETERAN'S DAY FOR A VIGIL in honor of and mourning for soldiers and veterans who have died by suicide.

WHEN: November 11, 2012  - NOON to 4:00pm

WHERE: Walkway Over the Hudson

The suicide of enlisted men and women from all wars is a national tragedy. In order to make a public statement of support and concern, a group of veterans and civilians proposed a moment of national response.

The form of that response was a silent vigil to be held wherever men and women can congregate - cities, towns, villages, institutions.

Participants, whether veteran or civilian, identified their intention to maintain silence by wearing an armband of any color or simply rolling up a sleeve. Such a sign communicated that a person does not wish to speak or to be spoken to. When the armband was removed or a sleeve rolled down, that person had concluded his/her vigil.

The Vigil was a non-political act of memorial. There were no speakers, no placards, no celebrity appearances, no commercial presence. The Vigil was meant as a public and communal expression of sorrow and grief. Its intent was to honor and dignify the lives of servicemen and women who have taken their own lives because of insupportable suffering.

Participants were encouraged to arrive and leave the vigil sites at any time on the afternoon of Veterans Day. They maintained their silence for however long or short a time they wished.

We hope you supported this initiative. Even a few people gathered together in honor of this event sends a message of concern. May you be inspired in your efforts and find others to join in creating and publicizing this event.